Placements and internships

A placement involves a student undertaking work experience in industry, usually as part of their course. This generally applies to undergraduates and can last from a few weeks to a year. Placements have specific aims and objectives with regard to what a student will learn and gain from the placement.

An internship is a short-term paid work placement available to graduates. Internships tend to be project-led and include an element of graduate development.

Why do a placement or internship

Doing a placement will enhance your career prospects by giving to you opportunity to:

  • extend skills that you already have and to develop new ones
  • build your confidence
  • gain knowledge of the professional and economic environment
  • apply your theoretical knowledge to real-world situations
  • develop specific vocational and personal skills
  • make contacts in your chosen industry
  • gain transferable work experience and skills such as communication and team working
  • earn a salary.

Doing a placement as part of your course

The University of Brighton is career-focused, and many of our courses include a work placement.

Sandwich placements are year-long placements which are typically undertaken during the third year of a four-year course.  This year is spent in an organisation where the work you do is related to your degree.

Industrial placements are similar to sandwich placements but can last for less than a year. They are usually accredited as part of your course or are a compulsory part of a vocational degree.

Placements teams at the University of Brighton

A number of courses at the University of Brighton include placements in their curriculum. Your course placement team will help find you a placement.

Internships via the university

Partial funding is available to support undergraduate and graduate work placements in Europe for between 2 and 12 months. See link for more information or contact

Graduate Internships
The university also advertises paid internships through the Green Growth and the Santander Universities Internship Programmes.

Internships - know your rights

It is a sad fact that in certain industries unpaid internships are still the norm. However the legal debate around this is ongoing. See our page on Your rights in the workplace for more information on the current situation and latest developments.

Further information

contentbox-quote-orange.gif“Doing a placement year is such a great springboard opportunity.  It provided me with a wealth of knowledge about the IT industry”

Jo, Business Information Systems graduate